Bolt names Caroline Wanjihia as Regional Director for Africa, expanding global operations


Bolt, the ride-hailing company, has appointed Ms. Caroline Wanjihia as the Regional Director for Africa. In this role, Ms. Wanjihia will lead the company’s operations in Africa and International Markets, involving the Middle East, Asia, and LATAM. The announcement is considered a step in Bolt’s mission to enhance and streamline its operations across the region.

“I am truly honored and excited to take on this role. Africa in particular holds immense potential, and I am confident that ride-hailing services can serve as a catalyst for reshaping how people travel, connect, and access economic prospects,” Caroline Wanjihia, the newly appointed Regional Director for Africa and International Markets, says.

Bolt names Caroline Wanjihia as Regional Director for Africa, expanding global operations

She adds, ”My dedication lies in making a meaningful contribution and spearheading the company’s mission to foster safe, reliable, and accessible mobility solutions, ultimately propelling growth and expansion across the continent and wider region.”

Caroline possesses a Bachelor of Law Degree from the University of Nairobi, Kenya. Additionally, she is a Certified Public Accountant and is a Level III Candidate for the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA). With a wealth of experience exceeding 15 years, she is widely regarded as an esteemed Director in Strategy, Business Development, and Operations. Renowned for her innovative strategies, Caroline has effectively steered global industry leaders including Coca-Cola, Diageo, Barclays, PwC, and Old Mutual in shaping their business strategies and fostering growth.

Paddy Patridge, Senior Vice President for Rides at Bolt, expressed, “We are thrilled to have Caroline at the helm of our operations in Africa. Her exceptional leadership, unwavering commitment, and expertise will be a driving force for our mission to transform transportation and mobility services across the continent. This significant appointment underscores our dedication to fostering growth and success for our business in the region.”

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Caroline Wanjihia’s strategic vision for sustainability and corporate social responsibility at Bolt

Caroline Wanjihia, as the new Regional Director for Africa at Bolt, is expected to integrate sustainability initiatives into the company’s operations.

Anticipated efforts include assessing and minimizing Bolt’s environmental impact through measures such as optimizing vehicle fleets for energy efficiency and exploring renewable energy options.

Ms. Wanjihia is likely to adopt a community-centric approach, championing initiatives beyond business transactions, such as community outreach programs, partnerships with local organizations, and investments in education and skill development.

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Promoting ethical practices within Bolt, including fair labour standards, transparent business dealings, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion, is expected to be a focus of Ms. Wanjihia’s Corporate Social Responsibility {CSR] framework.

The transformative potential of technology may be harnessed for social good, with Ms Wanjihia exploring ways Bolt’s platform can address social challenges and enhance accessibility for underserved communities.

Instituting measures for transparency and accountability, including regular reporting on sustainability goals, environmental impact assessments, and community engagement initiatives, is likely to be a priority.

Recognizing Bolt’s diverse operational regions, Ms. Wanjihia may develop CSR programs that adhere to global sustainability standards while respecting and addressing specific social and environmental needs in each local context.

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